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Legal Services For The Art Industry

We are an experienced intellectual property law firm. Since 1995, our team has helped thousands of individuals to protect and monetise their creative works.

Your art is important to you. You put a huge amount of effort and passion into your craft.

But we know the problems artists and creative professionals often run into with contracts, disputes, royalties, and other intellectual property rights.

Our art lawyers can help you to legally protect your hard work.

Maybe you’re a graphic designer about to set up a website to sell prints. Perhaps you’re an established painter organising your next gallery exhibition. Whatever your circumstances, we’ll provide you with specialist legal advice for the art industry.

Our team has the experience and insider knowledge to help your business grow. We have a proven track record of acting on behalf of artists to enforce rights, protect intellectual property and grow their business.

Read on to find out exactly how we can help. Or, get in touch with one of our art lawyers using the form opposite.

Get In Touch

For a FREE, no-obligation quote just fill in the form below and someone from our team will be in touch within one working day to discuss your requirements.

Client Testimonial

“My experience with Briffa has been brilliant. I approached Tom Synott about some copyright and intellectual property help.

The advice I received from the get-go was superb. Tom’s response time has always been incredible and he has really gone above and beyond to help me with any queries I had, both by phone and email. He really helped me sort out the problem I had with excellent knowledge and efficiency.”

– Anya Angert, Copyright Services Client

How Can We Help?

Our legal services for artists and the creative industry include:

Contracts

As an artist, you will come across various contracts throughout your career. It is crucial that you seek appropriate legal advice before signing any deals. Failing to do so may result in accidentally giving away more control over your art than you intended and losing out on potential income streams. It may also leave your work vulnerable to reproduction or copying without your consent.
 
Our art lawyers can advise on any contracts you may need to negotiate and sign. This includes, but is not limited to:
  • Licensing agreements
  • Collaboration agreements
  • Agency agreements
  • Contracts with galleries

Art Disputes

If your art has appeared anywhere without your consent, it may be an infringement of your rights. Depending on the circumstances, you may be entitled to compensation.

We have a proven track record of acting for artists to enforce their rights against the unauthorised use of their work.

We also frequently represent artists whose work or signature style is stolen, copied or misappropriated by another artist.

It is notoriously difficult to draw the line between inspiration and theft. However, we are here to explain the legal issues to you in a way that allows you to decide whether it is worth taking legal action.

Artist's Resale Rights (Droit de Suite)

Sometimes, your work may earn you extra revenue through resale royalties.

‘Droit de Suite’ (French for “right to follow”) applies if:

  • You create graphic or plastic art (such as pictures, photographs, collages, paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics and items of glassware)
  • You sell your artwork for over €1,000
  • Your work is later sold for a greater value

You may be due a share of this resale value in the form of an Artist’s Resale Royalty (ARR).

We can review whether you’re entitled. And then we can assist with the contractual and administrative steps you need to take to collect the royalties.

Protect Your Other Artistic Work

More and more artists are active in more than one area of the arts. If you are a musician, author, actor or any other type of professional creative in addition to being an artist, it is important that you take legal advice from someone with experience in those industries.

Our expertise spans various media and entertainment industries. This includes music, TV, film, fashion and design.

Our solicitors are always there to support you, no matter which part of your creativity you need to protect.

Secure The Rights To Art

Maybe you’re a company, agency or designer wishing to secure the rights to an artist’s work.

We can help negotiate and finalise the deal, along with conducting any required due diligence to protect your interests.

Our industry-specific expertise means we are particularly well-equipped to anticipate the issues that might arise and advise on the measures required to minimise your risk.

For more information and to arrange a free meeting with one of our solicitors, please call +44 (0)20 7288 6003. Or, you can fill out our contact form above.

Why choose Briffa?

We’ve provided legal support for artists and creatives since 1995
We offer a free consultation
We provide fixed fee quotes
We have offices in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and Malta
We offer an industry leading service with short turnaround times and business-focused advice

Case Study: Street Art Infringement

We were approached by a group of street artists who had created a series of spectacular original murals in London’s Soho. They had been invited by a charity to create the murals at a ‘paint jam’ event.

A few months later, the artists were surprised to find their artwork was being used in a high-profile marketing campaign. The campaign promoted the new clothing range of a famous footballer in collaboration with a well known online fashion retailer.

Their work was being used without the artists’ consent and without payment.

Professional artists rely on the exploitation of their work to make a living, so this unauthorised usage was unacceptable.

First, we agreed on the desired outcome with the artists. We then checked the artists still owned the rights to their art, and had not signed any documents which would assign or licence such rights to the event organisers.

After suggesting and agreeing on a legal approach with the clients, we then engaged with the fashion retailer. We set out our legal position in full and requested the immediate removal of all images featuring our clients’ works, plus full compensation.

They denied any wrongdoing and brought their lawyers in to try to avoid paying our clients anything.

We persevered and eventually agreed on a generous compensation package, which ensured our clients received a fair reward for the commercial use of their work.

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What Our Clients Say

Briffa has served hundreds of satisfied clients across a broad range of sectors since our creation in 1995. We’re proud to be leading intellectual property solicitors, but don’t just take our word for it
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